Heather Stefanson says she is stepping down as leader of Manitoba's Progressive Conservative Party after the NDP won the provincial election.

Stefanson replaced former premier Brian Pallister as leader of the Conservative Party, and became the first woman premier in Manitoba's history.

She was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in a 2000 by-election, replacing former Progressive Conservative Premier Gary Filmon in the south Winnipeg riding of Tuxedo.

Stefanson was named deputy premier and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General in 2016 by premier Brian Pallister. In 2018, she became the Minister of Families in addition to her role as deputy premier. 

On 2 November 2021, Stefanson became the first female Premier of Manitoba following a majority vote of the Progressive Conservative caucus.

She did not say when she would be stepping down as party leader.